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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Goring say he loves to talk about nothing?
(a) He doesn't like serious conversations.
(b) It's the only thing his friends know anything about.
(c) Ladies love to talk about nothing, and he loves ladies.
(d) It's the only thing he knows anything about.

2. Fill in the blank. Goring says, "Everything is dangerous, my dear fellow. If it wasn't so, ________."
(a) Humans would be terribly boring.
(b) I'd be dead by now.
(c) Life wouldn't be worth living.
(d) Life would be much easier.

3. For what reason does Mrs. Cheveley say she returned to London in Act 1, Part 1?
(a) To visit relatives.
(b) To meet Sir Robert.
(c) To see Lady Chiltern.
(d) To find a husband.

4. Why does Sir Robert think it would be useless for Goring to talk to Lady Chiltern about life?
(a) She won't believe Goring.
(b) She already knows everything there is to know.
(c) She's not smart enough to understand.
(d) Nothing could make her change her views.

5. How long does Lady Chiltern say it's been since she and Vicomte De Nanjac last saw each other?
(a) Ten years.
(b) Three weeks.
(c) Five years.
(d) Three years.

6. What does Lady Chiltern demand that Sir Robert do immediately, in Act 1, Part 3?
(a) Throw Mrs. Cheveley out of their house.
(b) Tell Goring to leave the party.
(c) Retire from public life.
(d) Write a letter to Mrs. Cheveley saying he will not support the Argentine Canal scheme.

7. What reason does Mrs. Cheveley give Sir Robert for not giving him time to consider her offer?
(a) She is leaving the country.
(b) The House of Commons won't wait for his speech.
(c) She is impatient for his answer.
(d) She has to telegraph Vienna that night.

8. In Act 1, Part 1, what is needed at the embassy to prevent the ambassador from being recalled?
(a) A proper invitation.
(b) A good chef.
(c) Proper manners.
(d) Good security.

9. What is Sir Robert's initial response to Mrs. Cheveley's request concerning his speech?
(a) He refuses.
(b) He asks her to come watch him speak.
(c) He agrees.
(d) He is very excited.

10. Who does Mrs. Cheveley say taught her to play fairly when one has the winning cards?
(a) Baron Arnheim.
(b) Sir Robert.
(c) Lord Caversham.
(d) Goring.

11. What does Sir Robert tell Lady Chiltern has different laws?
(a) Politics and society.
(b) Public and private life.
(c) England and France.
(d) Men and women.

12. Who does Mrs. Cheveley tell Sir Robert advised her to invest in the Argentine Canal Company?
(a) Goring.
(b) Baron Arnheim.
(c) Her father.
(d) Lady Chiltern.

13. Why does Mrs. Cheveley say science cannot grapple with the problem of women?
(a) Science can never grapple with the irrational.
(b) Only God can explain women.
(c) Women are too complicated.
(d) Science is a man's field.

14. What does Sir Robert tell Mrs. Cheveley he thinks of the Argentine Canal Company when she first brings it up?
(a) It's profitable.
(b) He's certain she should invest.
(c) It's going bankrupt.
(d) It's a swindle.

15. How old was Sir Robert when he wrote the letter to Baron Arnheim?
(a) 32.
(b) 22.
(c) 19.
(d) 36.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Mrs. Cheveley, what was considered excessively vulgar and middle class in the old days?

2. Why does Goring say people are pleased to find out about other people's secrets?

3. Who wrote the letter Mrs. Cheveley plans to blackmail Sir Robert with?

4. What does Mrs. Cheveley tell Sir Robert she did not receive prizes for?

5. During Act 1, Part 2, what does Mrs. Cheveley say we all must do sooner or later?

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